A word from our Tumuaki/Principal

Troy Duckworth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I’m Troy and I started my journey as the principal in January 2022. I came from Russell Street School where I was the Deputy Principal for 4 years and was a teacher there for 7 years.

I come to Palmy by way of Auckland where I was born and bred. However, I love the Manawatū and am a huge advocate for this place, despite the bad rep it sometimes gets from those who don’t know how good it is! I’ve also taught in Dubai and Brunei Darussalam.

I come from a lineage of educational leadership as both my parents were principals in Auckland, so they are delighted I’ve followed in their footsteps. I pride myself on building positive relationships with everyone, which ties in nicely to one of our school values of whanaungatanga. I’m a huge believer of the Māori whakataukī ‘Mā te pā te tamaiti e whakatipu’ - It takes a village to raise the child and want that for all here at Turitea School.

I am pretty easy to find around here as you usually hear me before you see me. I am a massive fan of the NBA and I am an avid Phoenix Suns supporter and I love having a yarn with those who are passionate about it too, or ways to make our kura the best place it can be.

Ko wai tātau? (who are we?)

Meet Our Staff

Meagan Gooding

Rimu Kaiako - Year 0/1

Hannah Evans

Rimu Kaiako - Year 0/1

Anna Kane

Rātā Kaiako - Year 1/2


Pōhutukawa Kaiako - Year 2/3

Trish Molloy

MataĪ Kaiako - Year 3 / 4

Cameron Schaw

Tōtara Kaiako - Year 4-6

Karen Walker

Kahikatea KAIAKO - Year 4 - 6

Troy Duckworth


Dani Macdonald

Sports Coordinator

Julie MacDonald

Office Administrator

Faye Taylor

Release Kaiako

Bridgit James

Release Kaiako

Mitzy Walmsley

Teaching Assistant

Aimi Morris

Teaching Assistant

Kirstin Wilson

teaching Assistant

Meryl Butler